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They hat it their way

Posted by: Phat Mama, 20-Oct-2008

When an acquaintance invited me to join her friends to this year's Ladies Day Fashions On The Turf event, which took place yesterday, I accepted without hesitating. I was curious what the ladies had planned to adorn their heads with this year.

This annual event was originally introduced in 1711 when Queen Ann of the British Royal family founded the Ascot Races. The tradition of women donning hats on this special day is now practice by race enthusiasts in Malaysia as well as worldwide. And since 1995 the Selangor Turf Club (STC) at Jalan Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur has been the venue where these women gather to enjoy a day watching the races as well as indulging in high fashion as they wine and dine.

The lovely ladies in their fancy hats.

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(Clockwise from left) Sylvia Gan with her hat from Bloom, Australia, Melissa Sargeant in her cute straw hat with brown ribbon,Wenddi-Anne Chong in her "flower-power" hat, Datin Christine Lee in her beautiful red hat, Ace looking sweet in all-pink, and Datin Tania Seah steals a glance from underneath her self-made black and white hat.

The party was held at Track View Restaurant at the Grand Stand and my host, Ace Tang, CEO of Pigeon Fly Communications Sdn Bhd and friends were lounging at the VIP area with about 100 other women who were dressed in their party frocks and fancy hats. It was a pretty sight, though a little strange for me as I am more at home with my practical hats, a collection, which I started when I lived in England for two years.

Matching hats and dresses for these beautiful ladies.

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(From left) Rachel Borostyan dons a simple hat made of deep red feathers to complement her elaborate dress while Miki Choong has a fancy black hat on to match her simple white dress. Datin Maylene Yong meanwhile not only has a fancy floral hat but her dress "speaks" of roses too.

However, it was an interesting afternoon as I drowned myself in a sea of colors, feathers, lace, flowers, ribbons and the women's banter. And it's good to know that besides the indulgence by these women, the event does spare some thoughts to charity works, which it has been supporting yearly.

This is the first time too that SCT had A Horse For Charity Auction, giving away a three-year-old colt to the highest bidder. Proceeds from this auction went to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA). The thoroughbred race horse was donated by Barry Brogan who is a KL-based trainer.

The fashion showcase was brought by Robinsons, featuring the Autumn Winter Collection 2008 from London's Coast and Spain's Trucco while the jewelry collection was from De Gem.

View from the back...pretty or not pretty?

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Some imaginative looking hats worn at the party with Chennene Wright's(bottom right) choice winning her a title for the Best Hat Contest.

I left the party early but Ace informed me that Miki Choong and Chennene Wright were among the winners of the Best Hat Contest. So here's a peek at the lovely ladies and their fashionable hats.